Balmain Tigers v Huddersfield Giants Academy - Leichhardt Oval
U/16s - 1.30pm
Saturday 17th July
Sat, Jul 17 3:00 PM
Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers v Western Suburbs Magpies
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Just a question, are the Giants Academy players the same age group of the Balmain side, and it’s not the first time that Balmain have hosted a UK Under Age side?.
Balmain hosted St Helens on their academy squads Aussie tour last year, or 08
GIANTS JUNIORS VICTORIOUS IN OPENING CLASH
The historic maiden fixture for a Giants representative team in Australia ended in victory as the Under-16’s scholarship side enjoyed a convincing 46-6 victory over a Central Coast representative seventeen.
Two tries apiece from Nathan Mason, Aaron Webb and Matty Brook were added to scores from Elliot Gorman and Jonathan Foulds with Ben Whitehead kicking seven successful conversions from eight attempts.
Stand-out performers on the day included prop forward Nathan Mason, back-rower Josh Johnson and Elliot Gorman. The Giants starlets now move onto the western suburbs of Sydney to face off against Balmain Tigers at the famous Leichardt Oval ground on Saturday.
The Central Coast victory at Forster/Turncurry was sponsored by the Morgan family.
After a nervous start from the Giants youngsters, Jack Blagbrough showed great feet and speed to break through the middle, Liam Coe was in support before passing onto Matty Brook who scored under the posts. Ben Whitehead converted to put the Giants 6-0 ahead.
This was a settling influence on the team, which then allowed them to utilise the full complement of the skills and enthusiasm that they had prepared and wished to deliver.
The big Giants forward pack of Jack Blagbrough, Josh Johnson, Nathan Mason and Peter Aspinall made massive in-roads, which set the platform for Liam Coe and Elliot Gorman to take the team around the field and constantly ask questions of the NSW Country champions, who had numerous players contracted to NRL clubs.
As the Giants exerted their dominance they cut loose with flurry of tries from Mason, Aaron Webb and the pick of the bunch from Gorman who collected the ball and took it from his own twenty beating several players showing blistering speed and agility to score under the post. Whitehead converted all three tries.
A lapse in concentration gifted the North Coast side a simple score with the last play of the half and the Giants went into the half time break leading 24-6
The second half saw the claret and gold display the same dominance, winning every aspect of the game, tries came from Mason, Brook and Webb all getting their second tries with the one for Jonathon Foulds completing a very professional performance.
The youngsters were just too big, too strong and too fast for their Australian opponents on this occasion and head towards their next game against Balmain Tigers full of confidence.
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Balmain u/16’s 40 Huddersfield 12.
Great effort from the mighty Tigers, great defence and good team work allowed the Tigers to dominate this game from the opening whistle. The Huddersfield boys certainly looked big and strong but could not match the Tigers Forwards who continually made inroads into the Giants advantage line.
Some great back line play set the springboard for Balmains dominance early and as the game went on poor defensive lapses by the visitors allowed the tigers to score some easy tries.
Sincerely hope that the Huddersfield boys learnt a bit from that game and wish them all the best for the next match against Manly, I’d love to see you guys give it to them.
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Good to hear Balmain were so dominant in this game. Sounded like they would have had their work cut out going off the first result for the tourists.
Agree with Flash, what a fantastic effort from the Mighty Tigers. Forwards went forward and gave the halves and the backs the position to attack from and that’s what they did. The ball went through the hands regularly and the boys scored some great tries and everyone defended strongly.
Impressed by everyone, not a bad player on the field today, the Tigers were really up for this one.
The Giants started with a bang but soon found he Tigers just too crafty, quick and too strong, but the Giants showed me enough to suggest they have some very good players and will be well served at Huddersfield for some time to come.
I want to say that the Huddersfield club can be very proud of their boys and coaching staff who are a credit to their club and presented themselves fantastically well both on and off the field.
Well done Huddersfield and well done to the MIGHTY BALMAIN TIGERS.
The Giants second rowers and props were excellent while their numbers 4 and 6 showed enough to suggest they have a bright future.
The Tigers played very well and made very few errors and their depth off the bench was stronger than the Giants.
Was an enjoyable game.
Very dissapointed to read on the Huddersfield website that the Balmain 16’s had a number of U/18 players playing, here is the team that played with their ages, we had a number of U/15’s playing but seems the loss was a bit hard to take for the Poms, score was 40-12 maybe they had a bad phone line when they reprted in.
Quote Huddersfield website;
SATURDAY’S TOUR UPDATE
The Giants scholars lost 42 points to 12 to a Balmain side that was made up of a number of under 18’s players. Full details to follow.
1. Mason Farrell 16 Matts
2.Alex Apps 16 Matts
3.Lolo Funaki 16 Matts
4.Daniel Rakvin 16 Junior League call up
5.Max Dimarco 16 Matts
6.Michael Mouwad 16 Matts
7.Taylor Bennet 16 Matts
8. Scott Bunch 16 missed Matts due to injury
9.Andrew Kazzi 16 Matts
10. Luke Georgas 16 Matts
11. Tony Bazouni 16 Matts
12. Dayne Hourne 16 Matts
13. Chad Rennie 16 Matts
14. Rhys Armstrong 15 Junior League call up
16. Daniel Gianesi 16 Matts
17. Jean Paul Boumelhem 15 Junior League call up
18. Jacob Goss 16 Matts
19. Nick Bell 15 Junior League call up
20. Shaq Tuapola 16 Matts
21, Jason Vikilani 16 Junior League call up
Unavailable due to injury or other
Flash is correct again.
Perhaps sour grapes grow wildly in Huddersfield.
Their boys were soundly beaten by a quality Balmain side with no 18 year olds at all.
Wouldn’t beat us if we played them another 9 times.
LOL….here in Oz kids only play UP a grade or two.
Obviously they do things differently in ol blighty
You seem to be pretty clued in when it comes to Balmain (Wests Tigers) so, are you able to let me know what the dates are for the upcoming Tiger Cubs Tour of New Zealand please.
I may try to get some time off and travel over and watch the games they play depending on when it all take place.
Sorry I have no idea about the tour dates, best to give the Tigers a ring if you are intending to tour with the Cubs.
The cubs tour to NZ will be during the school holidays some time between September 25 - October 10.
Thanks Blackandwhite appreciate the help with the dates of the Cubs tour.